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102759 | UNITED STATES & ITALY. Columbian Expo bronze Medal.

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    102759  |  UNITED STATES & ITALY. Christopher Columbus/Columbian Expo bronze Medal. Issued 1992. Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America (39mm, 30.91 g, 12h). By S. Johnson in Milano.


    CRISTOFORO COLOMBO, bust of Columbus facing slightly left // The fruits of Columbus's first voyage: Winged personification of Civilization facing slightly left, head right, surrounded by Genii representing Education, Commerce, and Industry; to lower right, native chief, maiden, and two warriors crouching defensively; at a distance, coastline with the U.S. Capitol before rising sun; around, border comprised of alternating stars and state shields. Edge: Plain.


    Gem Mint State. Light bronze surfaces. An interesting and rare type that parallels the numerous issues in various sizes from a century prior.


    During the lead-up to the quadricentennial of Columbus's initial contact with the New World, numerous medals were designed and struck, both in the United States—in conjunction with the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago—and abroad, sometimes for this event or for similar others. This highly artistic, ornate, and rather idealized aspect of New World contact was issued by the famous Milanese-based manufacturer of medallic art, Stefano Johnson, and is among those considered to be the most attractive throughout the vast series. In this case, a re-issue for the 500th anniversary.


    Upload: 1 July 2024.

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